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Name the Shakespearean play based on the clue about the sources which most likely inspired it.
Main Shakespeare Characters by Play
Plutarch's 'Life of Antonius,' and Lucian's 'Timon the Misanthrope.'
Holinshed (again), An anonymous play called 'The Troublesome Raigne of Iohn King of England,' published in two parts
Arthur Brooke's poem 'The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Iuliet,' written in 1562. He also could have known the popular tale from William Painter's colle
Plutarch's 'Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans' and Samuel Daniels' play which developed the heroine.
Thomas Lodge's novel 'Rosalynde: Euphues Golden Legacie' An introductory remark 'If you like it, so,' may explain the title
Norse legend from Saxo Grammaticus' 'History of the Danes' (c. 1200 AD)
Plautus' play 'The Menaechmi', probably from the original Latin. Shakespeare adds a second set of twins and deletes a few characters.
The name of a descendant of King Lear is taken from Holinshed's 'Chronicles' but many details from Boccaccio's 'Decameron'
'Henrici Quinti Angliae Regis Gesta,' which written during the main character's reign.
This play borrowed the court case from G Fiorentino's 'The Simpleton' (1565) and the casket game from Richard Robinson's 'Gesta Romanorum'
The image of the king as a brilliant villian is largely based on More's version.
The first four acts are copied almost exactly from Holinshed and Hall, and Act V is based on Foxe's 'Book of Martyrs' (fourth edition).
Monmouth's 'History of the Kings of Britain,' (1135). The role of the Earl of Kent was inspired by the character Perillus in an anonymous version
Holinshed's “Chronicles of Scotland's History,” Hector Boece's “Scotorum Historiae,” Reginald Scot's “Discovery of Witchcraft', King James I's “Daemonologie”
Cinthio's novella 'Hecatommithi,' Leo Africanus' 'A Geographical History of Africa,'
Poem with the unfortunate title 'A Lamentable Ballad of the Tragical End of a Gallant Lord and of his Beautiful Lady, With the Untimely Death of Their Children, Wickedly Performed
'Apollonius of Tyre,' though the name may be inspired by the character Pyrocles in Sir Philip Sidney's 'Arcadia.'
Chapman's 'Iliad' as well as Caxton, Lydgate, and a story by Chaucer.
G Whetstone's 'The Right Excellent and Famous Historye of Promos and Cassandra: Divided into Commercial Discourses,'
In the first part, the battle at Castillon is from E Hall's 'The Union of the two noble and illustre famelies of Lancastre and Yorke'
Robert Greene's novel 'Pandosto' with the addition of a festival, the characters of Paulina, Autolycus, and Antigonus
Jorge Montemayor's pastoral romance 'Diana Enamorada,' (1542) and the story of Titus and Gisippus from Boccaccio's 'Decameron'
Plutarch's 'Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans'(trans. by T. North, 1579) devotes chapters to both the title character and his assassin.
The comic scenes are original, but the plot of the jealous rival was borrowed from either from a novel by Matteo Bandello or Canto V of Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso.'
This fantasy was inspired by reports of cannibals and the exploration of the Caribbean as much as by fictional stories
Most of the characters of this comedy are original to Shakespeare, though Theseus, Hippolyta, Pyramus and Thisbe are classical characters
The second part of this history is based on Holinshed's 'Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland' (2nd edition, 1587), John Stow's 'The Annales of England' (1592), 'A Mirror f
Holinshed and Froissort, as well as a story told in William Painter's 'Palace of Pleasure,' (1st ed., 1566), but that doesn’t mean it was written by Shakespeare.
No literary source has been identified, and it may be based on local events in Shakespeare's time.
Though some credit should be given to William Painter's Palace of Pleasure, (1st ed., 1566) for introducing the plot of device of two women leading on their mutual suitor, this is
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